Intravascular Imaging

This channel includes news and new technology innovations for intra-vascular ultrasound (IVUS) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging systems used in the cath lab. These imaging modalities help with diagnostic decisions about how to treat atheroscolosis and help guide device placement and verification of stent apposition. The technology also is used to visualize in-stent restenosis.

Abbott's new interventional imaging platform powered by Ultreon 1.0 Software is a first-of-its-kind imaging software merges optical coherence tomography (OCT) intravascular imaging with the power of artificial intelligence (AI) for enhanced visualization. The new Ultreon Software can automatically detect the severity of calcium-based blockages and measure vessel diameter to enhance the precision of physicians’ decision-making during coronary stenting procedures.

Abbott's new interventional imaging platform powered by Ultreon 1.0 Software is a first-of-its-kind imaging software merges optical coherence tomography (OCT) intravascular imaging with the power of artificial intelligence (AI) for enhanced visualization. The new Ultreon Software can automatically detect the severity of calcium-based blockages and measure vessel diameter to enhance the precision of physicians’ decision-making during coronary stenting procedures.

News | Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) | August 05, 2021
August 5, 2021 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared clearance Abbott's latest optical coherence...
Abbott recently announced its new interventional imaging platform powered by Ultreon 1.0 Software, has gained European CE marked. This first-of-its-kind imaging software merges optical coherence tomography (OCT) intravascular imaging with the power of artificial intelligence (AI) for enhanced visualization. The new Ultreon Software can automatically detect the severity of calcium-based blockages and measure vessel diameter to enhance the precision of physicians’ decision-making during coronary stenting proc

Abbott recently announced its new interventional imaging platform powered by Ultreon 1.0 Software, has gained European CE marked. This first-of-its-kind imaging software merges optical coherence tomography (OCT) intravascular imaging with the power of artificial intelligence (AI) for enhanced visualization. The new Ultreon Software can automatically detect the severity of calcium-based blockages and measure vessel diameter to enhance the precision of physicians’ decision-making during coronary stenting procedures.

News | Cath Lab | May 12, 2021
May 12, 2021 — Abbott recently announced its new interventional imaging platform powered by Ultreon 1.0 Software, has...

SpectraWave is developing a a new intravascular imaging system that combines two currently available modalities. This likely includes optical coherence tomography (OCT), left, which can define structures within the vessel and vessel wall.  Near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), right, enables a spectral chemical analysis of the vessel walls to show areas of high lipid content, and specifically can identify lipid-core plaques that are associated with heart attack-causing plaque ruptures.

News | Cath Lab | February 16, 2021
February 16, 2021 – SpectraWave Inc. announced a $13.2 million series A-2 financing to support completion of product...
Women’s Heart Attack Research Program (HARP) shows combining OCT and cardiac MRI can detect the underlying cause of heart attack in women who did not have blocked arteries

The Women’s Heart Attack Research Program (HARP) study shows combining OCT and cardiac MRI can help detect the underlying cause of heart attacks in women who did not have blocked arteries.

News | Cardiac Imaging | November 17, 2020
November 17, 2020 — Diagnostic imaging techniques were able to find the underlying cause of heart attack in many women...
Angiography with a co-registered view of pressure drops according iFR readings in a coronary vessel. The DEFINE PCI study showed patients had improved outcomes and less recurrent chest pain at one year using iFR physiologic measurements combined with landmarks shown on angiographic imaging to better guide therapy. Image by Philips Healthcare. #TCT #TCT2020 #TCTconnect

Angiography with a co-registered view of pressure drops according iFR readings in a coronary vessel. The DEFINE PCI study showed patients had improved outcomes and less recurrent chest pain at one year using iFR physiologic measurements combined with landmarks shown on angiographic imaging to better guide therapy. Image by Philips Healthcare

Feature | FFR Technologies | October 30, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
Fractional flow reserve (FFR) is considered the gold standard measure whether a coronary lesions needs a percutaneous...
A longitudinal vessel assessment may demonstrate co-existence of multiple plaque morphologies on OCT, including superficial calcification with thrombus, healed plaque, plaque rupture, lipidic plaque with a thin capped fibrous atheroma (TCFA). #TCTconnect #TCT2020

A longitudinal vessel assessment may demonstrate co-existence of multiple plaque morphologies on OCT, including superficial calcification with thrombus, healed plaque, plaque rupture, lipidic plaque with a thin cap fibro-atheroma (TCFA).

News | Cath Lab | October 18, 2020
October 18, 2020 – Data from the COMBINE (OCT-FFR) study found that the use of FFR combined with OCT imaging can help...
Illustration showing how the near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), of NIRS-IVUS, intracoronary imaging system can help identify angiographically non-obstructive lesions with high-risk characteristics for future adverse cardiac outcomes. The system can identify unstable, vulnerable plaques. #TCTconnect #TCT2020

Illustration showing how the near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), of NIRS-IVUS, intracoronary imaging system can help identify angiographically non-obstructive lesions with high-risk characteristics for future adverse cardiac outcomes. The system can identify unstable, vulnerable plaques.

News | Intravascular Imaging | October 18, 2020
October 18, 2020 – New data from the PROSPECT II study shows that near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) intravascular...
The researchers developed an ultra thin monolithic OCT endoscope that overcomes the limitations of current, larger OCT catheters by using 3-D printed components.

The researchers developed an ultra thin monolithic OCT endoscope that overcomes the limitations of current, larger OCT catheters by using 3-D printed components.

News | Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) | October 01, 2020
October 1, 2020 — A team of researchers led by the University of Adelaide and University of Stuttgart has used 3-D...
Explanation of optical coherence imaging (OCT) coronary imaging.
Feature | Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) | September 17, 2020 | Aziz Maksoud M.D., FACC, FSCAI, and Bassem Chehab, M.D., FACC, FSCAI
Although not a new technology, optical coherence tomography (OCT) is the dark horse of imaging that could give...
News | Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO) | September 14, 2020
September 14, 2020 — Avinger received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its...
Videos | Cardiovascular Business | September 14, 2020
Nick West, M.D., chief medical officer for Abbott, explains the details from a survey of 1,400 patients, physicians and...
Abbott OCT intravascular imaging explained.
News | Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) | June 26, 2020
June 26, 2020 — Abbott announced new data from the company's LightLab Initiative that showed optical coherence...
An OCT intracoronary image showing instent restenosis. The white spots in the vessel wall casting shadows are the stent struts. OCT image data might be used in the future to assess FFR to determine the severity of lesions and determine if they need to be stented.

An OCT intracoronary image showing instent restenosis. The white spots in the vessel wall casting shadows are the stent struts. OCT image data might be used in the future to assess FFR to determine the severity of lesions and determine if they need to be stented.

News | FFR Technologies | May 15, 2020
May 15, 2020 – A late-breaking study aimed to evaluate whether optical coherence tomography (OCT) can predict...
A comparison of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) vs. angiography found a significant mismatch and showed the benefits of IVUS in venous interventions.

A comparison of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) vs. angiography found a significant mismatch and showed the benefits of IVUS in venous interventions.

News | Venous Therapies | October 31, 2019
October 31, 2019 – In a large series of iliac vein stent cases, a blinded comparison found intravascular ultrasound (...
This is a view of the Level Ex IVUS training app to help users of Philips' intravascular ultrasound system. It is integrated into a percutenous coronary intervention (PCI) training app for mobile devices that allows interventional cardiologists to perform streamlined cath lab patient case simulations, including, iFR, angioplasty and stenting. #TCT2019

This is a view of the Level Ex IVUS training app to help users of Philips' intravascular ultrasound system. It is integrated into a percutenous coronary intervention (PCI) training app for mobile devices that allows interventional cardiologists to perform streamlined cath lab patient case simulations, including, iFR, angioplasty and stenting. 

News | Intra-Vascular Ultrasound (IVUS) | October 02, 2019
October 2, 2019 — Philips Healthcare is utilizing Level Ex’s video game app design expertise to train interventional...